The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 14, 2013

Carl Junction doubles team, Mount Vernon's Davis advance to state tennis

By Ryan Atkinson
Globe Sports Writer

— Carl Junction's Andy Gloshen and Ben Coltharp had a pretty simple explanation for their success on the Thomas Jefferson tennis courts Tuesday afternoon.

“We hit the ball back over the net more times than they did,” Gloshen said.

Simple enough.

That straight-forward approach led the doubles team to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Nevada’s Andrew Arneson and Colton Short in Class 1 Sectional 6 play.

The win advances Coltharp and Gloshen to the state tournament at Springfield’s Cooper Complex on May 24-25.

Also advancing in doubles play is Nathan Fernquist and Nicholas Piontek of Warrensburg. Mount Vernon’s Jarod Davis and Warrensburg’s Christopher O’Connor advanced to state with wins in singles play.

“We got third place last year in districts and we worked all summer and fall,” Gloshen said. “Basically, we worked year-round to get better.”

Gloshen and Coltharp are in their second year of playing doubles together. They lost to Arneson and Short last March but are 4-0 against them this season.

“We felt like we had a pretty good chance today,” Coltharp said. “We had done well against them this season so far.

“Our net play was good. And we had good serves and our angles were good. We played well all around.”

The same could be said for Davis.

The Mount Vernon senior lost his first game to Warrensburg’s Austin Doyle before coasting to a 6-3, 6-2 win to earn his first trip to singles state.

“I was pretty confident. I had seen this guy play before and I knew it would be a tough match,” Davis said. “I knew I’d need to play well. I was able to hit it hard and keep it in.”

Davis, who started playing tennis the summer before his freshman year, was part of a doubles team that advanced to state last season. He said he is glad to be returning in singles play this year.

“It’s nice because you don’t have anyone else to rely on,” he said. “It’s all your achievement. I plan on going as far as I can at state.”

Warrensburg will be represented at state in singles and doubles.

O’Connor beat Thomas Jefferson’s Frank Cascone 6-3, 6-1 while Fernquist and Piontek defeated Monett’s Jacob Ridings and Andrew Gilliam 6-1, 6-4.